PA ROM with Android 4.4.3 for T-Mobile Galaxy S2!


For this week’s T-Mobile Galaxy S2 SGH-T989 ROM of the Week, check out the latest version of PA (ParanoidAndroid) ROM RC2!

Based on latest Android 4.4.3, PA ROM RC2 brings you the bleeding, edge of Android 4.4.3, which improves upon performance vastly especially on older phones like the T-Mobile S2.

Upon running Antutu benchmarks, I was able to score near 12K range, which is unthinkable even with high amounts of overclocking.  There’s a few Android 4.4.3 ROMs out now for the T-Mo S2 and this ROM is definitely one of the better ones out there with everything working out of the box.

You will also find PA ROM’s new “HOVER”, a hovering notifications feature that will create an overlay on top of any apps when you check your notifications so you don’t have to exit out of the app.

Overall, if you are not on an Android 4.4.3 ROM “right now” you are missing out on the action so don’t miss the boat and try this ROM this week(end) and do let me know what you think!


Download PA ROM with Android 4.4.3 for T-Mobile Galaxy S2 SGH-T989

Download Micro Gapps (Don’t use regular Gapps!)

IF YOU HAVE CWM RECOVERY OLDER THAN VERSION, UPGRADE your CWM Recovery to latest version by downloading the zip and installing with your CWM recovery OTHERWISE ROM WILL NOT INSTALL!

Download and install CWM Recovery for KitKat custom ROMs (ONLY FOR SGH-T989!!!)

To install, reboot into recovery, make backup ROM, wipe data/factory reset, install ROM, install Gapps, and reboot. (If for some reason you end up in a bootloop, reboot into recovery, go to Mounts & Storage for CWM, format/wipe /system, then re-install ROM.)

Credits – XDA <— Please donate to the developer of this ROM or hit Thanks button on XDA if you like it, thx!


If you want to run your apps in tablet/hybrid/custom DPI mode, see our Xposed App Settings guide.

If you want PIE Controls, see our LMT Pie Control guide.

If you want some awesome audio, check out Viper4Audio FX MOD, which you can install on this ROM to enhance your music 100%.


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44 Responses

  1. Alex says:

    When will be aviable versioin for international i9100 ?

  2. Rene Salazar says:

    Im testing it , it actually works really well, I will post if there is any problems 😀

  3. vinicius says:

    i really miss the touchwiz gallery/camera/videoplayer
    there are any way i can get they working on this rom?

  4. Jason McLean says:

    I have not been able to get an Android 4.4.x ROM to properly work for my T989. It crashes and reboots anytime the gallery is engaged whether directly or indirectly. CWM is upgraded as instructed, and I have tried the work-around with removing the older gallery with Titanium Backup and installing a new gallery downloaded from, but to no avail. Everything seems to work fine except for the gallery. Max, do we know if this iteration has everything working correctly?


    • Sameer says:

      Hey Jason, I’m currently running the Dirty Unicorns 4.4.2 on my T-Mobile Galaxy S2, and at first I had the same issue with my gallery. Those problems went away as soon as I installed the Wild Kernal for this phone. Now my phone is flawless! Give it a shot.

      • Mark says:

        I tried to install Wild Kernel but I keep getting “Installation aborted” (status 7)

        • Sameer says:

          I got that message when I tried downloading the zip file from my phone browser. Deleted it and connected through computer and moved file to phone that way. Then it worked for me. Idk any other solutions sorry :/

      • Jason McLean says:

        Thanks, Sameer. I was running Dirty Unicorns as well and had the gallery crash issue with it. I will try your fix and see what happens. If that works, it will be amazing.

  5. Markos19 says:

    This rol is soo good… Thank you soo much!!

  6. alex_kbron says:

    Works Fine!!! no energy savings for the battery, but yes, I’m happy with this ROM. anyone know any good audio player? thks

    • Jason McLean says:

      I have always loved MixZing. So much, in fact, I bought the full version. I very rarely buy apps like that.

  7. Mark says:

    When I use the video sometimes it crashes. Only fix so far is to reboot. I have tried google camera also, same results

  8. Roman says:

    Google keyboard kept crashing and I couldn’t sign into to google. Flashed again then wiped dilvak cashe and it loaded flawlessly. Camera and video working for me, no problems with gallery either. GPS working, I just flashed this one last night so I will post if I find any problems. So far so good.

    This rom has a lot less customizations than OSE which I just came from however, it is much faster!!!
    Thanks max for keeping me high on the supply hahaha.

    • Roman says:

      one thing I should mention. I had so many problems with CWM recovery and KitKat, yes even the latest and the greatest CWM. I switched to TeamWin Recovery (TWRP) and since then I have been able to flash KitKat. I tried and tried to figure out what was the problem with CWM but I just gave up and used TWRP. Life is much easier now…..good luck ya’ll

      • Roman says:

        Day 2: Okay so today the camera crashed. I have 3 camera apps and all them failed to open. I rebooted and they worked again. I have a feeling this will be a reoccurring theme? Other than that everything else is smooth. I will post if I have camera problems again.

  9. Chad says:

    Is wild Kernel overclocker compatible with this rom?

  10. chris says:

    will this work on SGH-T989D

  11. Chad says:

    OK. So it looks like Wild Kernel will not work with this rom (or this version of Android). Please post when an overclocking Kernel becomes available, or if there is one already available that I am not aware of.

  12. appleheadedadrioder says:

    Very nice concept though I experienced a “camera flash crash to black” and “extortion screen distortion”,

    Clicked the flash on for a pic with the camera and it shut my phone down could be my phone becuz when I installed clockwork mod everytime I go into recovery the light flashes.

    I was extorted by my notification bar, every time I dared to pull it down my screen had lines going thru and when I pulled it all the way down it wouldn’t go away, removed battery and using now.

    Is it a safe daily driver? Idk if anyone has a better ROM let me know , I like the notifications a lot though.

  13. cochis says:

    cada vez que trato de instalar la rom me sale abortado ayudaaa 🙁

  14. alex_kbron says:

    Flash the updated kernel below for the Camera fix.


  15. DeJaun G. says:

    So I installed it. It worked alright except for the camera where it would force close and Google+ would force close as well. I recently updated through ParanoidOTA now the camera doesn’t work. I downloaded the nexus camera and it works but it tells me to insert an SD card which I do have inserted. Someone please help me! :'(

  16. nikunj20 says:

    everything works except Bluetooth. it keeps getting disconnected and reconnect itself after few second. anybody else has this issue?? any ideas to solve this??

  17. rahman says:

    it didnt work says radio somthin blah blah outdated

  18. Jalon says:

    I just installed this PA ROM and I installed the GAPPS and now I cant download anything from the Androi Market. Is there a fix for this?

  19. Shane says:

    Jalon. get the newer version to this ROM

  20. Ryan R says:

    The only issue I noticed was when hitting the power button, it takes some time to show the lock screen.

  21. Ryan R. says:

    I noticed that MMS isn’t working. It worked when I had stock rooted ROM, but since I changed the ROM to this, they haven’t worked.
    Anyone else have this issue?

  22. Ryan R. says:

    My phone doesnt have a Packet Data switch in settings, as for why MMS wasn’t working. Anyone else?

  23. Sergio says:

    Well I got a new update today and my phone won’t go pass the SAMSUNG logo, I tried rebooting several times then I reinstalled the ROM and tried updating again, same thing I go to the Samsung logo then black screen.

    Anyone else got this issue?

    • Ryan R says:

      Sergio, I would recommend reinstalling the ROM and try the updates again. If it still gives the same problem, just install the ROM and don’t install the updates,

  24. Ashwin says:

    Hi there,

    This rom is fast and perfect, I only have an issue
    The screen distorts when the power button is being pressed and after a while the phone reboots.
    I’m also have this issue when im typing in the browser.

    Any suggestions?

    • Ryan R says:

      I see the screen distortion as well, but not often enough to complain. As for the Browser, use Chrome or Firefox (I use Chrome). I haven’t had a problem using Chrome.

  25. kevin vu says:

    i can connect through calls, but we can’t hear eachother speak. is there anyways to fix this?

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